Research site

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A research site is a place where people conduct research. Common research sites include universities, hospitals, research institutes, and field research locations.

Clinical research[edit]

In clinical research a research site conducts all or part of a clinical trial. For clinical trials which recruit research participants in multiple locations, often the research will have a headquarters then multiple regional research sites to conduct the research in that region. In a network of research sites where all are recruiting study participants, sites with low recruitment benefit from coaching from sites with high recruitment.[1]

Characteristics of good clinical research sites include setting good timelines, early participant recruitment, and having a management plan for efficiency.[2]

Researchers in nursing have reported challenges accessing the facilities designated for conventional medical research.[3]

The design of a research site should have a means of detecting fraud.[4]

Ethnographic research[edit]

Researchers who do not have a cultural tie to a research population may have difficulty doing ethnographic research with that community.[5]


  1. ^ Johnson, MR; Kenworthy-Heinige, T; Beck, DJ; Asghar, A; Broussard, EB; Bratcher, K; Tommessilli, LM; Antonelli, M; Planeta, BM (March 2018). "Research site mentoring: A novel approach to improving study recruitment". Contemporary clinical trials communications. 9: 172–177. doi:10.1016/j.conctc.2018.01.011. PMID 29696240.
  2. ^ Baer, AR; Bridges, KD; O'Dwyer, M; Ostroff, J; Yasko, J (September 2010). "Clinical research site infrastructure and efficiency". Journal of oncology practice. 6 (5): 249–52. doi:10.1200/JOP.000109. PMID 21197190.
  3. ^ Høyland, S; Hollund, JG; Olsen, OE (February 2015). "Gaining access to a research site and participants in medical and nursing research: a synthesis of accounts". Medical education. 49 (2): 224–32. doi:10.1111/medu.12622. PMID 25626753.
  4. ^ Knott, Carol; Henderson, Joanne; Bowman, Louise; Landray, Martin (16 November 2015). "Investigating possible fraudulent activity at a research site". Trials. 16 (S2). doi:10.1186/1745-6215-16-S2-P193.
  5. ^ "3b- Selecting a Research Site".

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